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Veterans Day and Holiday Craft Fair in Ocean City

 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/8/17 Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of the “Great War” (World War I), and that is now is the time when American citizens honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ocean City’s ceremony is always well-attended – a strong show of support in recognition of all veterans. This year’s keynote speaker will be Charles Strange, president of the Michael Strange Foundation, named for his son, a decorated Navy cryptologist who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The foundation supports the families of recently fallen service members. The ceremony also will include music, remarks, prayer... Read More

Summer Beach Safety Tips [Infographic]

Summer is almost here, and with that change in season comes warmer weather, barbecues and trips to the beach. While heading out to the water is a great way to beat the summer heat, it’s essential to keep safety in mind so everyone can enjoy the beach safely. Here are some easy summer safety tips to remember every time you head out to enjoy the water. (more…)... Read More

Quiet Festival and Trail of Two Cities Highlight Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/31/17 Ocean City once again will welcome the calmer season with its annual Quiet Festival. This year’s event will take place Nov. 4 and 5 and will celebrate all the resources of the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Within the Community Center, the Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center and Howard S. Stainton Senior Center each will be host to activities during the two-day festival. Some of the activities will include: Crossword Competition: Crossword puzzle devotees are invited to a friendly competition featuring three puzzles of progressive difficulty. Two finalists will compete on boards, so the public can see the silent showdown. Separate category and puzzles for 13-and-unders. Checkers Tournament: An all-ages elimination tournament... Read More

Ocean City Celebrates Halloween 2017

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/26/17 Ocean City rolls into late October on Thursday with its annual Halloween Parade. The event is a favorite on the fall calendar and features local children, families, bands, entertainers, businesses and organizations costumed for the occasion. The parade starts at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 26 and proceeds down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. To register to participate, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com. Watching the parade is, of course, free – with great spots to catch all the action from either side of downtown Asbury Avenue. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual Halloween Costume Party is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Tickets... Read More

Chubby Checker Adds “Twist” to 2018 First Night Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/17/17 Volunteers Sought for Beach Sweeps This Weekend The legendary Chubby Checker will help Ocean City celebrate New Year’s Eve with performances on the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the family-friendly 2018 First Night festivities. Checker first performed “The Twist” on “American Bandstand” in 1960, and dancing has never been the same. The rock ’n’ roll icon has sold 250 million records and toured continuously in his career of six decades. Checker will be part of a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration on Dec. 31, 2017. All-inclusive admission buttons – good for entry to every venue throughout the night – are on sale now for a discounted $15. Visit firstnightocnj.com to purchase... Read More

October Brings Junior Miss Pageant and Halloween Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/10/17 Start Planning Now for Quiet Festival Nov. 4 and 5 Ocean City will host the 12th annual Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Ocean City Music Pier. Twenty contestants will compete in interview, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. The 2018 theme is “Remember My Name” -- with a focus on the bright futures ahead for all of the contestants and reigning titleholder. After a dynamic year of service, Stella Schwartz will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant. Contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, are either year-round residents in Ocean City, attend Ocean City schools or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners. Contestants vying for the 2018 title include Emma Rodriguez, Abby Laursen, Maddyn... Read More

Fall Block Party and Fireworks on Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/3/17 Tribute to the ‘8-Track’ era runs Friday to Sunday A stretch of spectacular fall weather is expected to continue through the weekend, and that will provide ideal conditions for Ocean City’s premier autumn event: the Fall Block Party. More than 400 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for Columbus Day Weekend. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainers and bands will perform at various spots along the Avenue between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year, a Mummers band – The Pennsport String Band – joins the fun at 12th Street. Pony rides... Read More

Chili Chowder Festival Returns to Boardwalk on Sunday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/26/17 Fall Block Party and Fireworks Set for Oct. 7 The Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier for its second year from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The event fills the covered loggia of the Music Pier with the aroma of the finest chili and chowder Ocean City has to offer. The Ocean City Restaurant Association launched the event last year, and member chefs prepared a variety of creative entries that were popular with hundreds of festival-goers. This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Association. (more…)... Read More

OCNJ Half Marathon Anticipates Record Field

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/19/17 The 8th annual OCNJ Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24. The event also includes a 10-mile non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race. The combined races included more than 1,400 finishers last year with 897 completing the half marathon. Pre-registration for the half marathon already has exceeded 1,000 this year, and organizers expect a record field for all of the races. The increasingly popular event showcases Ocean City’s boardwalk, downtown and neighborhoods with ocean views throughout a fast, flat course. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer for runners. Local “celebrities” are on hand, including Ocean City mascot Martin Z. Mollusk and the OCHS Red Raider mascot. Volunteer groups man “peppy” water stations and are judged for their themes. Music along the route provides a... Read More